Civil society groups in Somalia and aid agencies have called for an end to attacks against their staff, saying such incidents seriously hampered efforts to assist thousands of needy Somalis. “We are appealing to all sides in the Somali conflict to condemn such senseless acts that only harm the people,” Abdinasir Ahmed, head of the Peace and Human Rights Network, said on 24 June. The call follows the abduction of two aid workers and the killing of a peace activist in Beletweyne town in Hiiraan region, central Somalia on June 22. (IRIN)

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